March 6, 2014 |
Temple University Health System said Tuesday that it is converting Jeanes Hospital to primarily private rooms, and cutting 75 full- and part-time positions at the facility in Philadelphia's Fox Chase section. Temple, which reported an overall operating loss of $23.9 million for the six months ended Dec. 31, cited the widespread industry trend of declining hospital admissions as a key reason for the changes. Hospitals have also been dealing with an increase in hospital stays that do not count as full admissions and have lower reimbursement rates.
March 6, 2014
RE: "It's a Crime": I was born and raised in Lawncrest. I was a proud resident for 18 of my 29 years of life. It was the ideal place to raise a family when I was growing up. Lawncrest was full of working-class people who took care of each other, like your article stated. However, your article left out the main reason for the downfall of the neighborhood, which was Section 8 housing. The influx of deadbeats who take advantage of the system dramatically deteriorates the quality of living in those areas and is the real downfall of Lawncrest, as well as the rest of the working-class neighborhoods in the lower Northeast.
March 5, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Visitors in 2012 to Independence National Historical Park, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site on North Seventh Street, and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial on Pine Street spent $195 million in communities near the parks, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The spending by 3,615,698 park visitors supported 2,736 jobs in the area, the report says. "National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy - returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it's a big factor in our local economy as well," said Cynthia MacLeod, Independence Park superintendent.
March 2, 2014 |
A federal labor report released this week says Marcellus Shale gas drilling has added about 15,000 direct jobs in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania in recent years. While the industry has not created hundreds of thousands of new jobs, the employment gains were "substantial," said the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks employment and wages. In 2007, the federal government said 5,829 people worked in Pennsylvania's oil and natural gas industry. By 2012, that number was 20,943 - an increase of 15,114.
February 26, 2014 |
LOOK FOR Joe Banner's next job to be in the NFL office. The former Eagles president was fired earlier this month as the Cleveland Browns' chief executive officer after only 18 months on the job. His turbulent year-and-a-half with the team included a four-win season, a falling-out with Mike Lombardi, the general manager he had handpicked, the firing of his first head-coaching hire - Rob Chudzinski - after only 1 year, and another Keystone Kops-like...
February 26, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Let's be honest with ourselves. After 12 days of bullpen sessions, batting practices and fielding drills, we possess very little knowledge with regard to this Phillies team that we did not bring with us to Florida. That might suggest a bit of disingenuity on the part of a media corps that has suckered you into reading its dispatches over the past couple of weeks, but we've done our best to cull what little substance exists in these early days of camp. We've verified the existence of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, in the process witnessing the reason for the hesitation that has been present in the front office's public assessments of the Cuban righthander throughout most of the winter.
February 26, 2014 |
FOR YEARS, Philadelphia Police Officer Terra Barrow had a side job running a handful of websites and phone lines appealing to lusty callers with fetishes both tame and taboo. Barrow told the Daily News yesterday that she stopped running the sites - which featured fetishes that would be illegal if acted upon in real life, like pedophilia, rape, incest, kidnapping and snuff - about two years ago, because she worried that they would endanger her police job. Turns out she had no reason to worry.
February 24, 2014 |
CAMDEN Camden mayoral candidate Amir Khan announced during his fall campaign that ACTS Industries would open in the city and hire up to 1,000 manufacturing workers. Thousands of people - some in suits, resumés in hand - filled out applications at a packed campaign rally for Khan in a parking lot outside a vacant factory. Today, the building, a former manufacturing plant for RCA, is padlocked, and applicants are still waiting for calls. "It was a hoax," said Anita Hicks, a mother of two who applied at the rally in October.
February 20, 2014
IT'S BEEN FIVE years since President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a/k/a "the stimulus," $787 billion (it actually grew to more than that) to reverse a recession and avoid a depression. Pennsylvania got $33.8 billion. Philadelphia got $1 billion-plus, mostly for education. The money was, for many - and to quote 1980s British rock star Robert Palmer - "simply irresistible. " But five years later, Pa.'s economy is less than humming, especially in job growth when compared with other states.
February 19, 2014 |
CHERRY HILL During the 1940s, they were next-door neighbors in South Philly's Tasker Homes. "We were poor," Joan Brand, 71, recalls with a smile. "To save the eight cents," says her friend Estelle Mazis, 85, "I walked instead of taking the trolley car. " Their families eventually were able to move out of public housing. Brand and Mazis graduated from high school, married, and began their careers. And both eventually settled in Cherry Hill. But ever since Mazis became Brand's babysitter at Tasker Homes - "I remember you were learning to walk," Mazis says - their lives have been intertwined, their connections ever more intricate.